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wife from Punxsutawney struggles to get approval for a dog grooming business | New


PUNXSUTAWNEY – A woman from Punxsutawney has been attending borough meetings since last November to get approval to run her dog grooming business from her home.

Katie Hinds first contacted the board about her business in November to ask what path she should take to move her business home. Hinds started working for S&M Grooming and Boarding about 10 years ago. She started renting the space for her grooming at Rossiter after being recently handed over to the business by the owners.

Hinds was pregnant with her third child when she began seeking help from the council moving the business to her home, saying it would be easier for her and more profitable to work from home.

“It’s my career at stake,” said Hinds.

The board’s first step told her to attend a Zoning Hearing Panel meeting to have her residence dezoned for the business. The council received a complaint from one of its neighbors, which led to its request being rejected. Hinds said she didn’t realize she had a chance to appeal until it was too late, so she returned to council to ask what to do.

At a board meeting in February, the board told Hinds it would explore options for his business. At the March meeting, board member Justin Cameron said he wanted to craft a new ordinance to allow low-impact home businesses. The ordinance was to be presented to the Planning and Zoning Committee, and Hinds was again told to wait while the ordinance was developed.

“You would think Punxsy of all places would want this because there are no groomers,” said Hinds. “A lot of my clients ask me ‘when are you coming back to work’, and I just tell them, I don’t know, it all depends.”

Meanwhile, Hinds and her husband Scott decided to do their own research on the borough’s ordinances. Through this research, she found home occupancy code 235-35, which she brought to council at the June meeting.

Council ordered him to attend the next planning and zoning meeting to seek approval through this code. It received committee approval and was placed on the agenda for the July council meeting.

Prior to this meeting, she received a letter in the mail from Borough Director Toby Santik which stated; “Recently you attended a Planning and Zoning Board meeting to re-apply for permission to have a dog grooming business on your property, and they voted to allow that business on your property. Please note that this action is not allowed. The appropriate steps for your request were to request a waiver from the Zoning Hearing Board… ”

At the July board meeting, Hinds showed up again to ask what she should do, but this time she filled the boardroom with her neighbors who support her business in the neighborhood.

“The last meeting, it was said if I went to Planning and Zoning and got the exception, it would come back to you, and that would be the last word. So, I don’t understand what the confusion is. I don’t want to change the zoning because that would just be a complete problem, and it doesn’t need to be rezoned, ”Hinds said.

Ordinance Hinds is trying to be accepted by mentions having an ancillary building for the business, so Hinds has had her two properties joined together so that she can build a new building on the back side to do her dog’s grooming.

“The day I got this letter was the day I got home from the hospital after having my son, and it was just a big slap because I thought I was going somewhere with my son. business, ”said Hinds.

Hinds produced a copy of the home occupancy code for the board to read while she was at the meeting.

“I’m not ready to suggest anything at this meeting, I apologize,” said Nick Gianvito, the district attorney.

The board plans to hold a meeting with Hinds, code enforcement officer Mary McHenry and some board members. Hinds is hoping to have a response by August as she plans to homeschool her eldest daughter due to the coronavirus.